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Tony Dungy: Steelers’ struggles boil down to a lack of maturity

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Could the main issue with the Steelers be they are just immature?

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are 7-2, and that is a good spot for any NFL team through 9 games, but there is something off with the boys from the Steel City. They are winning, but they are winning in a very ugly fashion. Barely scraping out wins against teams like the Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts.

Fans of the Steelers know all about these issues, but the root of the issues is what has been a constant question.

Is it the coaching staff?

Is it the players being selfish?

A lot of questions could be asked, but former Colts coach, and former Steelers player, Tony Dungy gave his own opinion on the matter on the NBC show Football Night in America. According to Dungy, it is all about maturity.

Check the video HERE.

Here are Dungy’s specific comments surrounding the Steelers:

“They have a lot of young players at key positions. They’ve got speed everywhere. This offensive weaponry, they should be putting up 30-points every game. Defensively, they are running around, flying around, playing hard, but how can you go into Chicago and lose to the Bears? How can you play Indianapolis, who is struggling with all kinds of injuries on defense, and you put up 3-points, with that group, in the first half? I don’t know what it is, but I think it is a little bit of maturity. When you win a game and have Martavis Bryant go on Twitter and saying I’m not happy because JuJu is getting the ball. Things like that, I think it plays into it.”

Rodney Harrison also chimed in on this topic, but he pointed to arrogance.

“They are arrogant. They are a very arrogant team. Because when you are a really good team and you know you have weapons offensively and an improving defense, sometimes playing against these mediocre teams you just feel like I can show up. To me, it’s just a mindset.”

Regardless the reason, be it maturity, arrogance or something else, the Steelers will have little time to rectify the situation with the Tennessee Titans, winners of their last 4 games, coming to Heinz Field for a big Thursday Night Football matchup.